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The Mermaid and Mrs Hancock book review

By Anna Hill Content Note: sex work, sexual violence (in the novel, not in this review), racism (just a note that I’m white and not a sex worker) I first came across The Mermaid and Mrs Hancock when I watched a video with the author, Imogen Hermes Gowar, giving a tour and talking about sex work and Georgian…

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Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month: Artists to Check Out

By Stephanie Wang May is Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, a designation to celebrate the culture, traditions, and history of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in the United States. As a child of immigrants from China, my Asian American identity has been a core part of my identity, allowing me to experience both…

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When I Hit You by Meena Kandasamy – a review

By Anna Hill Content warnings: domestic and sexual violence When I Hit You by Meena Kandasamy is the first book I’ve read from the Women’s Prize for Fiction longlist this year (you can see the whole longlist and the newly released shortlist here), and it has certainly set a high standard. I’ve never read anything from Kandasamy…

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“Probably Just” – a poem by Jane Atoms

Content note: Domestic violence, partner violence My mother says, “I know you can do better” But she probably just doesn’t like the way you look. Because I love you, and I know you love me too. My sister says, “He wouldn’t be a responsible father” But she probably just thinks you party too hard. Because…

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It’s either lunch or a tampon

By Kaylen Forsyth What could easily be mistaken as the dismal opening to some generic dystopian fiction is actually a common reality for over 1.2 billion women across the globe. Yes, you read that figure correctly. You can put down your cup of coffee and rub your eyes as much as you want – the figure won’t…

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Being open about mental health: what about eating disorders?

Content note: Mental health, eating disorders Society, in the last couple of years, has changed with regards to attitudes to mental illness. Depression and anxiety are becoming less stigmatised – people talk about them a lot, it’s more acceptable to use humour as a form of coping with them, and it’s more understood. Maybe this…

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Naming myself Witch

By Anna Hill As a kid I desperately wanted to be a witch. Now I’m grown up (kinda…) and I am one! I was always fascinated by the idea of witchcraft, but it was only in January 2017 that I really decided to dedicate time to witchcraft and develop my own practice. I think my first…

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Cafeteria Judaism and feminine queer identity

By Kara Sherman “Man shall not lie with man as man does with a woman. For it is an abomination” (Leviticus 18:22) Religion isn’t always easy. I often like to pretend it is — buzzwords like “interfaith” and “pluralism” pervade my discussions about faith. But every now and again, I’m reminded that the history of…

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